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Five Reasons to Get Excited about Guitar Culture in St Louis

By Richard D. -St. Louis Guitar Teacher

Are you considering guitar lessons in St. Louis? Whether you are a beginner or have several years of experience under your belt, there are many reasons to get excited about the guitar scene in St. Louis. From a guitar player and true music enthusiast, here are 5 reasons to get excited about guitar culture in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.

  1. Chuck Berry Still Lives Here. Chuck Berry may have very well invented rock n’ roll. In a Rolling Stone article last April, Berry’s recurring monthly performance in St Louis was cited as one of their “40 Reasons to Get Excited about Music.”

  2. There’s an Open Mic 7 nights a Week. There’s no better place to keep your performance chops up and network with other musicians - and in the St Louis area, there’s one somewhere 7 nights a week. Some of my favorites include Venice Café, The Shanti, Llywelyn’s Pub, Iron Barley, Hartford Coffee Company and Whatsmokin' BBQ Restaurant.

  • St Louis is a Great City to Study Guitar. We have amazing music programs at Washington University, UMSL, and SLU as well as Central Visual/Performing Arts High School, and Midwest Guitar Building and Repair School. And of course there are many wonderful TakeLessons teachers who are ready to help you get started with your guitar lessons in St. Louis!

  • A Sense of Community. KDHX 88.1 is our community radio station and they play local St Louis music every single day. For a list of local performances at nearly every venue in St Louis, pick up a free copy of the RiverFront Times every Thursday.

  • Festivals! We have a wonderful variety of annual music festivals, such as the Big Muddy Blues Festival, Schwagstock, Mardi Gras, PointFest and the St. Louis Jazz and Heritage Festival.

  • Ready to get started? Sign up for guitar lessons in St. Louis today!

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    I teach all styles of guitar from classical, rock, shred, metal, acoustic, singer songwriter, blues, you name it.

    My main goal is to get you capable of understanding music from a musician's perspective; having a framework to understand what's happening when you listen to music so you can either figure it out by ear or know how to go about finding accurate notation and learning it yourself.

    About Brandon
    What do Britney Spears and Beethoven have in common?

    They're both pop music! One just happens to be 200 years old.

    Berklee College of Music graduate from Boston, MA with a passion for all genres, though mainly popular music. For me, music has always been about having fun and doing what feels natural, and I try to pass this on to my students.

    In all seriousness, if it's not fun, why do it?

    I'm super laid back, but I refuse to let you spend your money, or someone else's, on lessons like it's going out of style. I believe that the more fun you have with music, the more you'll want to play, and as a result, the better a musician you will become.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    During the first lesson, we will create a clear goal and purpose for your lessons. Each lesson will be tailored to what YOU need in order to achieve your
    goal.

    Every student has a different motivation for taking lessons. Whether you simply want to show off for that special someone or you're trying to get into an elite music school, it is my objective to get you there with a smile on your face.

    Want to learn the top ten guitar solos of all time? And nothing else? Just say so!
    Want to learn piano theory until you're dizzy? We can do that too!
    Always wanted to play drums but think you're too uncoordinated? No such thing!

    Or, maybe you're already a polished musician lacking the theory to get another degree - no matter what your motivation may be, together we can make it happen.

    You don't have to listen to a specific type of music to be a real musician. Yes, believe it or not, Britney Spears is a musician too! We'll work on the types of music YOU enjoy, not the stuff your parents, friends, or coworkers consider 'good' music.

    Whether you want to learn Justin Bieber or Rachmaninoff, it's cool with me - believe it or not, the two have something in common...don't believe me? I'll prove it!

    *** Specialties ***
    I specialize in online music lessons. I have an extensive background in computers and technology, and incorporate a lot of unique tools to my online lessons to greatly improve the user's experience, such as multiple camera angles; picture-in-picture views; displaying sheet music on your screen and being able to highlight, point, and change pages for you; as well as interactive games similar to Rock Band that I control on my end as the student participates on their end.

    I teach all styles, though my interests are mainly in pop, electronic, rock/hard rock/classic rock, metal, and classical.

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    - All students must meet at least once a week.
    - Cancellations are allowed once every three months.
    - Rescheduling is always allowed and requires at least 24 hours notice.
    - Rescheduled lesson must occur within two weeks.
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    Edward J. January 11, 2018
    · Music Theory · Online
    Brandon is an excellent instructor with not only a really keen insight into how music works, but also the ability to tailor and relay that information effectively to the student according to his or her needs. That is a rare trait among musicians. He's a really cool person to learn from and paces each lesson nicely so that you don't even notice that your lesson time is up! With Brandon, you'll improve your ability to understand music dramatically. Sign up! You won't regret it.
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    · Piano · Online
    Brandon is extremely knowledgeable and clearly an expert pianist and teacher. He's communicative and ensures that the lessons are tailored to what the student wants to learn. Exactly what I was looking for in a teacher!
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    Sam November 7, 2016
    · Songwriting · Online
    Brandon's taught me more about how music works in just a handful of lessons than what I learned in years with other teachers.
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    About Rebecca
    I have 50 years of teaching experience, from beginners to advanced students. I also teach the people no one else thinks are teachable because I work with people from where they are and find their best learning styles. Several of my students are now professional musicians, but that's not everyone's course. I teach every age range from 3-83 and everything from classical to country-western. And I teach every orchestral and band instrument, and guitar, bass, and drum kit and some instruments you've never heard of. I also teach voice, pop, rock, opera, doesn't matter to me.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    Important Note: I will no longer take new students that want lessons every other week, beginning Nov 1. Inconsistent lessons, especially with younger students, allows them to forget too much between sessions.

    What I teach is transferable
    to EVERY endeavor whether it's music or math or soccer. I require practice on the student's part. You will be able to play recognizable songs within your first month. You tell me what you or your child wants out of music lessons, and I will tell you exactly how to get it.

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Lesson will happen in a space next to the family room which is upstairs. Teacher has a collection of instruments, music stands, couches for seating. Park on the street or driveway.

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    Instrument

    *** Specialties ***
    I'm flexible. I have taught everything from country western guitar to classical guitar, from Jazz trumpet to orchestral audition music, from barbershop singing to Broadway musical singing. I have even taught ballet. I cater my methods to the student's best learning style.
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    lilane S. May 10, 2018
    · Violin · In studio
    I really like this teacher and most important the student Lily loves her that is most important for her to enjoy the teacher and the lesson she is very excited about learning the violin!
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    Carl C. February 22, 2018
    · Violin · In home
    I had a good experience with my instructor. She's very knowledgeable and patient. The area where instructions are given are a little cramped.
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    Joseph October 27, 2017
    · Banjo · In home
    Very payient witj me, so far.
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    Become the guitar player you've always wanted to be! Learn to play along to your favorite songs, how to figure out your favorite songs, how to solo in ANY genre and ANY key, how to use modes, construct any chord arpeggiate/sweep, write your own songs, music theory, ear training, reading music and more!

    About Christopher
    My name is Chris and I am a professional guitar player. I have been teaching sense 2008 now and sharing the joy of music with others has become a passion of mine.
    I started playing the piano at the age of five, the trumpet at nine and the guitar at thirteen. Over the years I have also learned to play the drums, bass, harmonica as well as how to sing. I studied at L.A. Music Academy as well as Musicians Institute. I am currently in two bands and putting together a third. I do session work for other artists and have played the National Anthem for a profession football team.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    When taking lessons from me there are many things my students can expect. First and most importantly it will be fun! Music is supposed to be fun and expressive so why make it boring and repetitive? For each student that I have I make a custom
    curriculum just for them based on their musical desires, strengths and weaknesses so I can help them become the best player that they can be. Each lessons will be a balance of learning new technique and theory and applying them in songs that excite and inspire.
    Things such as: music theory, ear and harmony training, single string technique, sight and cord chart reading, cord structure, song writing, tone shaping, guitar maintenance and playing live will be covered with students as they advance. Feed back is always welcome and appreciated. This is your lesson, let's make sure you get the most out of it.

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Music Studio: Guitars, amps, mixing board, protools, computer with external stereo, seating for parents can be arranged

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    I can bring my own guitar and cables. But the student will need to have their own guitar, amp etc

    *** Specialties ***
    Blues, Rock, Metal, Jazz, Funk and Country
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    Sol May 28, 2018
    · Piano · In studio
    My son just had his first piano lesson with Chris and is excited for his next lesson - that is a success in my eyes. I look forward to seeing how the lessons continue to excite and inspire my son.
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    Taiki May 10, 2018
    · Ukulele · Online
    My son just had his first lesson with Christopher and he loved it. Christopher is a very good teacher. Very professional. My son says he can't wait for the next lesson.
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    Jeff May 5, 2018
    · Guitar · In studio
    Awesome guy, awesome teacher. I got exactly what I was looking for, I highly recommend to anybody.
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    Obviously also depending on your specific goals and experience, besides learning your favorite songs, we'll discuss techniques, music theory and creating music yourself (improvisation and songwriting).

    I can also provide helpful advice on guitar related aspects like sound/equipment, instrument setup /maintenance and recording.

    About Nils
    Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
    Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
    Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

    My main focus is on helping you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
    I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplish
    ment, and progress will start to come much easier.

    Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
    Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
    Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

    Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

    Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
    Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
    I look forward to hearing from you!
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    Tyler May 25, 2018
    · Guitar · In home
    Nils is a very professional and great teacher, after only one lesson I felt a huge improvement and had a template to grow as an artist.

    I would highly recommend his teaching to anyone looking to become a better guitar player!
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    Jessica February 5, 2018
    · Guitar · In home
    Nils is an excellent teacher. After many years of trying to master certain songs he was able to hone in on the instruction that I needed. He helped me make progress and enjoy myself along the way.
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    Adam November 1, 2017
    · Guitar · Online
    I had several great lessons with Nils. He helped me break through a plateau I was on in terms of modal soloing and also with recognizing chord shapes and how the lie underneath scale structures. He was responsive, knowledgeable and quick to grasp what I, as an already experienced player, needed to improve. Highly recommended!
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    I am here to demystify the music world--with my teaching methods any student can accomplish their dreams! First, we will start with simple techniques to embark on your musical journey and work our way towards our lofty musical goals together.

    Learning guitar requires a lot of patience and a good attitude. I focus on fundamental exercises to help any beginner guitar player reach an intermediate level. I cater my lessons to learn tunes that my students care about and love. I let them guide the work!

    About Oliver
    I specialize in upright bass, jazz bass, funk bass, bass technique, and rhythm. I will inspire a positive attitude and good practice habits that will help any student succeed. I’ve extensively studied jazz, latin jazz, funk, rock music, hip hop, bluegrass, folk, and composition.

    I can also teach guitar, piano, drums, and voice. As a mulit-instrumentalist, jamming with my students is a priority. Being able to play with other musicians is one of the best feelings you’ll ever experience. I’m happy to take you there!

    Recently, I helped one of my bass players get a scholarship to go to Berklee Summer Camp to study music.

    I am very excited to continue my teaching on TakeLessons. I look forward to helping new students to become the musician of their dreams.

    I've been playing professionally in Chicago for five years. I am currently
    co-manager, upright bass player, and singer for an ambient-folk band, Sedgewick, based in Chicago. I play for a classical chamber pop group called the 9 Worlds Ensemble. I've played upright bass in the Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer for Smashing Pumpkins) super group and Bowmanville.
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    Austin April 28, 2018
    · Upright Bass · Online
    My son Austin loved his first lesson with Oliver. In fact, he had been considering qutting the upright bass, but after his first lesson, he had renewed enthusiasm and wants to continue to learn. That makes mom happy since I just recently bought him a bass!
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    Sonny G. February 24, 2018
    · Acoustic Guitar · In home
    Oliver has been perfect for both me and my tween daughter. He is a fantastic musician and can break it down and dumb it down as need be for each of us. My daughter’s review is “he’s amazing”.
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    · Upright Bass · Online
    Oliver was patient with my slow internet connection and willing to try different things to make it work. He gave me great tips to help me develop better technique, and was very encouraging. I really appreciated his perspective and skill and am so excited to be progressing with my playing!
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    I will make sure you start playing the songs you love fast! I will teach you the basics of guitar through playing the songs that you want to play. I have been playing guitar my entire life and have worked with students of various skill levels. If you are more advanced and would like to work on your improvisation I can help with that too. I have a background in jazz and love to play blues and rock as well.

    About Benjamin
    Hi! I'm Ben and I play guitar. When I was 5 years old my parents signed me up for lessons at school and I have been playing ever since. I played a lot of jazz growing up which helped me learn the fundamentals of music theory as well as improvisation. I enjoy playing many styles of music and can help students learn guitar from the ground up or, if they are more advanced, take their playing to the next level.

    I am giving lessons to help support and indie rock recording project I am working on. I am very appreciative of my students' support!
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    WHAT'S UP FUTURE MUSICIANS?! My name is Uzair and I've been playing guitar for 3 years. I was in band in school as well where I played the trombone and where I learned music theory. If you want a fun and patient instructor to teach you to play, try me out! My skills are best suited toward beginners so if you already are intermediate/advanced I may not be for you. If you want to learn the fundamentals of music, guitar, impress your friends, and learn how to play any song you desire, then I AM FOR YOU!

    About Uzair
    WHAT'S UP FUTURE MUSICIANS?! My name is Uzair and I am a student at UTD here in Dallas studying medicine. I'm 22 years old and have been playing guitar for 3 years and have over 6 years of music experience accumulated from school band (I played the trombone). If you are already intermediate/advanced level then my skills may not be suited best for you. If you are a beginner and want a fun and easy going instructor who can teach you the fundamentals of music and guitar, how to impress your friends, play any song you desire, and set yourself up to continue teaching yourself even after you stop taking lessons then I AM FOR YOU!
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    Easy to learn needs-based lessons to help build a strong foundation and improve on current technique and theory! Looking for a specific genre? Or do you have no idea where to start yet? I can help you specialise or give you the tools to learn on your own!

    About Zach
    Hello! My name is Zach, and I am trying to make the world a more musical place, one Fret at a time! I have been studying music since 2003, with 6 years of formal instruction and 4 years of teaching experience. From any genre you are interested in to just developing a strong foundation and the skills to learn on your own, I am here to help! Please message me for any and all questions!

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    Gain a solid musical foundation all while learning the music you love! All ages and styles are welcome. My specialty is Classical and Flamenco guitar, although I have experience playing Rock/Pop. I am a huge fan of Rock from the 60s through today. Learn music theory, note reading, ear training, composition, proper playing technique, and more. Let's have some fun and learn!

    About Christopher
    I am a professional gigging Flamenco/Classical Guitarist. I recently returned to college to complete my Music degree focusing on Scoring /Arranging, composition, and theory. I anticipate graduating in December 2018. I have been playing guitar for almost 30 years now, and it never gets old!

    Currently I gig 5 nights a week, and I am writing/arranging music for my first official recording available the fall 2018.

    I have taught students of all ages and skill levels: from beginners to advanced, from 6 year olds to 76 year olds. Students can expect knowledge to grow week to week. In my experience, no two students learn the same or at the same rate. My lessons are taylored to the needs and goals of each individual student.
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